From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Mason, William

(born: 1917) 

William Mason was born in Eminence, KY, where a street, Mason Avenue, was named in his honor for his civic and civil rights activities in the city. He fought for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday to be a paid holiday for city employees and was an active member of the push to integrate the public schools during his tenure as city council member from 1963-1971. He started the first integrated boy scout troop in Eminence. He served with the U.S. Navy during WWII. William Mason is also thought to be the first African American student at the University of Louisville. He is a graduate of Kentucky State. On his 100th birthday, May 19, 2017, Mayor Drane Stephens presented the key to the city to William Mason and by proclamation dedicated the day to him. For more see B. Schanding, "Mr. Mason," Henry County Local, vol. 131, issue 10 (02/06/08), Main section, pp. 1A & 4A; and C. Brooke, "Eminence celebrates Mason's 100th," Henry County Local, 05/24/2017 (online).

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NKAA Entry: African American Schools in Henry County, KY
NKAA Source: Henry County local (newspaper)

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